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Problem 8.1

(411:~2 (a) Free space loss = 10 log 10 T)

= 2010g ( 4 x 11: x 150 )dB 10 3 x 108/4 X 109

= 88 dB

(b) The power gain of each antenna is

= 36.24 dB

(c) Received Power= Transmitted power +Gr - Free space loss = 1 + 36.24 - 88

= -50.76 dBW

Problem 8.2

The antenna gain and free-space loss at 12 GHz can be calculated by simply adding 20l0glO(l2/4) for the values calculated in Problem 8.1 for downlink frequency 4 GHz. Specifically, we have:

(a) Free-space loss= 88 + 20l0glO(3) = 97.54 dB

(b) Power gain of each antenna

= 36.24 + 20l0glO(3) = 45.78 dB

(c) Received power = -50.76 dBW

The important points to note from the solutions to Problems 8.1 and 8.3 are:

1. Increasing the operating frequency produces a corresponding increase in free-space loss, and an equal increase in the power gain of each antenna.

2. The net result is that, in theory, the received power remains unchanged.


Problem 8.3

The Friis free-space equation is given by

(a) Using the relationship



In both Eqs. (1) and (2) the dependent variable is the received signal power, but the independent variables are different.

(c) Equation (1) is the appropriate choice for calculating P; performance when the dimensions of both the transmitting and receiving antennas are already fixed. Equation (1) states that for fixed size antennas, the received power increases as the wavelength is decreased.

Equation (2) is the appropriate choice when both At and Gr are fixed and the requirement is to determine the required value of the average transmitted power P, in order to realize a specified Pr

Problem 8.4

The free space loss is given by


(4n~2 Lfree space = T)

According to the above formulation for free space loss, free space loss is frequency dependent. Path loss, as characterized in this formulation, is a definition based on the use of an isotropic receiving antenna (Gr = 1).

The power density, p(d), is a function of distance and is equal to

p(d) = EIRP 4nd2

The received power of an isotropic antenna is equal to

p = )..2
r p(d) x 4n
EIRP )..2
= --x-
4nd2 4n
= EIRPlLfree-space (1) Equation (1) states the power received by an isotropic antenna is equal to the effective transmitted power EIRP, reduced only by the path loss. However, when the receiving antenna is not isotropic, the received power is modified by the receiving antenna gain G" that is, Eq. (1) is multiplied by Gr

Problem 8.5

In a satellite communication system, satellite power is limited by the permissible antenna size. Accordingly, a sensible design strategy is to have the path loss on the downlink smaller than the pass loss on the uplink. Recognizing the inverse dependence of path loss on the wavelength ).., it follows that we should have

)..uplink < )..downlink

or, equivalently,

fuplink > fdownlink


Problem 8.6

Received power in dBW is defined by

Pr = EIRP + G r - Free-space loss


For these three components, we have


Transmit antenna gain (in dB):

1010g lOGt = 1010g (4 x n x 0.7 x n14)

10 (3/40)2

= 30.89 dB


(2) Receive antenna gain:

1010glOGr = 1010g (4xnxo.55x2nx52J

1<\ (3/40)

= 49.84 dB


(3) Free-space loss:

L = 2010 (4 x n x R)

P g10 A

7 = 2010 (4 x n x 4 x 10 )

glO 3/40

= 196.25 dB


Hence, using Eqs. (1) to (5), we find that


P, = lQloglO(O.I) + 30.89+49.84 - 196.52

= - 206.52 + 8.073

= -125 dBW

Problem 8.7

(a) RMS value of thermal noise = JE[v2] = J4kTR!1J volts, where k is Boltzmann's constant equal to 1.38 x 10-23, T is the absolute temperature in degrees Kelvin, and R is the resistance in ohmns. Hence,

J -23 6

RMS value = 4 x 1.38 x 10 x 290 x 75 x 1 x 10

J -17

= 4 x 1.38 x 290 x 75 x 10

= 1.096 x 10-6 volts

(b) The maximum available noise power delivered to a matched load is

-23 6

kT!1J = 1.38 x 10 x 290 x 10

= 4.0 x 10-15 watts

Problem 8.8

The wavegude loss is 1 dB; that is,

Gwaveguide = 0.78

The noise temperature at the input to the LNA due to the combined presence of antenna and waveguide is

T e = G waveguide X T antenna + (1 - G waveguide) T waveguide

= 0.78 x 50 + 290( 1 - 0.78)

= 1Q2.8K

The overall noise temperature of the system is


500 1000 Tsystem = Te + 50 + 200 + 200

= 160.3K

The system noise temperature referred to the antenna terminal is

160.3/0.78 = 205.5K

Problem 8.9

In this problem, we are given the noise figures (F) and the available power gains (G) of the devices. By using the following relationship, we can estimate the equivalent noise temperature of each device:

T+ r, F=


Te = T(F-1)

where T is room temperature (290K) and Te is the equivalent noise temperature.

(a) The equivalent noise temperatures of the given four components are


T waveguide = 290(2 - 1) = 290K


T mixer = 290(3 - 1) = 580K

Low-noise RF amplifier T RF = 290(1.7-1)

= 203K

IF amplifier

TIF = 290(5 - 1)

= 1160K

(b) The effective noise temperature at the input to the LNA due to the antenna and waveguide is


T e = G waveguide X T antenna + ( 1 - G waveguide) X T waveguide

= 0.2 X 50 + 290( 1 - 0.2) = 242K

The effective noise temperature of the system is


T T + T + rmxer+ -----

system = e RF

GRF GRF X G mixer

= 242 203 580 1160

+ + 10 +lOx5

= 526.2K

Problem 8.10

(a) For the uplink power budget, the ratio ~ is given by


= <I> - G[ - B 0 + - - k - L

s [T r


<l>s = Power density at saturation
G[ = Gain of 1m2
BO[ = Power back-off
G Figure of Merit
k = Boltzmann constant in dBK
Lr = Losses due to rain For the given satellite system, we have

CI = _ 81- 44.5 - 0.0 + 1.9 + 228.6 + 0.0

N uplink

= 105.0 dB-Hz


where we have used the following gain of 1m2 antenna:

= 44.5 dB

Boltzmann constant k = -228.6 dB


(b) Given the data rate in the uplink = 33.9 Mb/s and link margin of 6 dB, the required IS


(~~1 . = (~J . - (10loglOM + 1OloglaR)

oJ required oJ uplink

= 105 - 6 - 75.3

= 23.7 dB

Equivalently, we have

Given the use of 8-PSK, the symbol error rate is defined by

For 8-PSK

E 3E

= _b = 234 x 3 = 702

No No


Pe = erfc(J7(ii x sin(n/8» ::::0


This result further confirms the statement we made in Example 8.2 in that the satellite communication system is essentially downlink-limited. Recognizing that we have more powerful resources available at an earth station then at a satellite, it would seem reasonable that the BER at the satellite can be made practically zero by transmitting enough signal power along the uplink.

Problem 8.11

For the downlink, the relationship between

(~- ~ and (! ~ ~ , expressed in decibels, is described by

oJ oJ reg

(~_\ . = (!~ ~ + 1OlogM + 10logR

oJ downhnk oJ reg


where M is the margin and R is the bit rate in bits/second.

Solving Eq. (1) for the the link margin in dB and evaluating it for the problem at hand, we get

6 10 log 10M = 85 - 10 - 1Olog 1O( 10 )

= 5dB

For the downlink budget, the equation for (~ 0 ' expressed in decibels, is as follows:

(~_\ = EIRP + (i)dB - Lfreespace - 1Olog 10k

oJ downlink

where k is Boltzmann's constant.

For a satisfactory reception at any situation, we consider additional losses due to rain etc. up to the calculated link margin of 5 dB. Hence, we may write

(~_\ = EIRP + (i) dB - Lfreespace - 1Olog 10k - 10 log 10M ( dB)

oJ downlink



EIRP = 57 dBW

Lfreespace = free-space loss


= 92.4 + 20log 1O( 12.5) + 20log 1O( 40,000) = 206 dB

1Olog 10k = 228.6 dBK

1Olog 10M = 5 dB

Using these values in Eq. (2) and solving for G,JT, we get

(i)dB = 85 - 57 + 206 - 228.6 + 5

= 10.4 dB

With T = 31OK, we thus find

Gr = 10.4+1OIoglO(310)

= 35.31 dB

The receiving antenna gain in is given by

10 log lOG r = 10 log (4n~ 11)

10 A

For a dish antenna (circular) with diameter D, the area A equals nD2/4. Thus,

where D is measured in meters andfis measured in GHz. Solving for the antenna diameter for the given system, we finally get

Dmin = 0.6 meters

Problem 8.12

(a) Similarities between satellite and wireless communications:

• They are both bandwidth-limited.

• They both rely on multiple-access techniques for their operation.

• They both have uplink and downlink data transmissions.

• The performance of both systems is influenced by intersymbol interference and external interference signals.


(b) Major differences between satellite and wireless communications:

• Multipath fading and user mobility are characteristic features of wireless communications, which have no counterparts in satellite communications.

• The carrier frequency for satellite communications IS in the gigahertz range (Ku-band), whereas in satellite communications it is in the megahertz range.

• Satellite communication systems provide broad area coverage, whereas wireless communications provide local coverage with provision for mobility

in a cellular type of layout.

Problem 8.13

In a wireless communication system, transmit power is limited at the mobile unit, whereas no such limitation exists at the base station. A sensible design strategy is to make the path loss (i.e., free-space loss) on the downlink as small as possible, which, in turn, suggests that we make

(Path loss)uplink < (Path loss)downlink

Recognizing that path loss is inversely proportional to wavelength, it follows that

Auplink > A downlink

or, equivalently,

Juplink < Jdownlink

Problem 8.14

The phase difference between the direct and reflected waves can be expressed as


where A is the wave length. For large d, Eq. (1) may be approximated as

With perfect reflection (i.e., reflected coefficient of the ground is -1) and assuming small <I> (i.e., large d), the received power P r is defined by




Using Eq. (3) in (2):

which shows that the received power is inversely proportional to the fourth power of distance d between the two antennas.

Problem 8.15

The complex (baseband) impulse response of a wireless channel may be described by


where the amplitudes al and a2 are Rayleigh distributed, and the phase angles (PI and <1>2 are uniformly distributed. This model assumes (2) the presence of two different clusters with each one consisting of a large number of scatterers, and (2) the absence of line-of-sight paths in the wireless environment. Define

- j<1>l

h(t) = h(t)e

We may then rewrite Eq. (1) in the form

~ -je~

h(t) = a1u(t-'t')+a2e u(t-'t')

as stated in the problem.

(a) (i) The transfer function of the model is


H(f) = F[h(t)]

-j2nj'l -j(2nj'2+8)

= ale +a2e

(ii) The power-delay profile of the model is


(b) The magnitude response of the model is

which exhibits frequency selectivity due to two factors: (1) variations in the coefficients al and a2' and (2) variations inthe delay difference 'tr'tl'

Problem 8.16

The multi path influence on a communication system is usually described in terms of two effects - selective fading and intersymbol interference. In a Rake receiver, selective fading is mitigated by detecting the echo signals individually, using a correlation method, and adding them algebraically (with the same sign) rather than vectoriall y, and intersymbol interference is dealt with by reinserting different delays into the various detected echoes so that they fall into step again.

Making each correlator perform at its assigned value of delay can be done by inserting the right amount of delay in either the reference (called the delayed-reference) or received signals (called the delayed-signal). Independent of the form of the reference signals employed, the output SNR from the integrating filters is substantially the same for both configurations, under the assumption that the length of the delay Td is significantly smaller than the symbol duration T. Each integrating

filter responds to signals only within about ±lIT of the frequency f Therefore, the noises adding


shorter than T, regardless of the form of reference signal. The only difference between the tap circuit contributions of the delayed-signal scheme and those of the delayed-reference scheme is that the latter are staggered in time by various fractions of Td, and since such staggering is small compared to the significant fluctuation period of the contributions, we conclude that the noise outputs of the two configurations are equivalent.

However, there are three practical advantages of the delayed-signal scheme over the delayedreference scheme. First, one delay line instead of two is required. Second, in the latter configuration. corresponding taps in the mark (symbol 0) and space (symbol 1) lines would have to be adjusted and be kept in phase coincidence. Third, coherent intersymbol interference (eliminated in the delayed-signal scheme) is still present in the latter scheme, (Price and Green 1958), see the Bibliography.

Problem 8.17

(a) The output of the linear combiner is given by


x(t) = :L,ujx/t) j=i


= :L, u/zjm(t) + n/t» j=i


= :L,ujzjm(t) + :L,ujn/t)




The output signal-to-noise ratio is therefore

(SNR)o = Average signal power Average norse power


= E[t,i, ap,Zjz,m2(t)] E[t, i, ap,n p)n,(t)]


L. L. UjUkZjZkE[m2(1)]

= ;=1 k=1 N N

L LUjUk E[n/t)nk(t)] j=lk=1


Using the following expectations


E[m (t)] = 1 for all t (i.e., unit message power)

we find that Eq. (1) simplifies to


L LUjUkZik

(SNR)o = L;=....:..I:..:...k~~I _

~ 2 2 L.Jujcrj



(b) Equation (2) can be rewritten in the equivalent form


) ) ) )
(SNR)o = j=1
L 2 2
) )
= )=1 (3)
j=1 where Uj = aj aj and (SNR)j = z~/a~. We now invoke the Schwarz inequality, which, in discrete form for the problem at hand, is stated as follows


Hence, inserting this inequality into the right-hand side of Eq. (3), we may write


(SNR)o ~ I,(SNR)j j=1

which proves the formula under subpart (i),

To prove subpart (ii), we recall that the Schwarz inequality of Eq. (4) is satisfied with the equality sign if (except for a scaling factor)

1/2 (SNR). = u . ) )

or, equivalently,

_l = o:o .

o . )) )

That is,


Zj a· =

J 2

cr· J

Problem 8.18

For the problem at hand, we have M = N = 2. Therefore,

M - N+l = 1

and so the weight subspace W is one-dimensional. We thus have the following representation for the action of the antenna array:

C2 (Interferer)

* C1



.... ._-- sub-space W

O~ Weight

Problem 8.19

(a) The cost function is

121 *

J = 2Ie[n]1 = 2e[n]e In]

where the error signal is


eln] = din] - L w;[n]xk[n]



wk[n] = akin] + jbk[11J



1 [ ]ae [n1 1 *[ ]ae[n]

= -2e 11 a + 2-e 11 -a--

ak ak




aJ _ ! [ ]ae [n] ! *[. ]ae[nl

ab - 2c n ab + 2c rt ab

k k k


= -Im{xk[n](e [nl)}


The adjustment applied to the kth weight is therefore


where ~ is the step-size parameter. Substituting Eqs. (1) and (2) into (3),

* *

l1wk[n] = ~Re{xk[n]e [n]} + ~Im{xdn]e [n]}

(b) The complex LMS algorithm is described by the following pair of relations:


= wk[n] + ~xk[nle [n],


e(n) = d[nl - L w:xdnl


k = 1,2, "', M


Problem 8.20

(a) We are told that the speed of response of the weights in the LMS algorithm is proportional to the average signal power at the antenna array input. Conversely, we may say that the average signal power at the array input is proportional to the speed of response of the weights in the LMS algorithm. Moreover, the maximum speed of response of the LMS weights is proportional to Rilfmax' where Rb is the bit rate and j~ax is the maximum fade rate in Hz. It follows therefore that the dynamic range of the average signal power at the antenna array input is proportional to RJfmax' as shown by

P max = aRb 1 f max watts


where a is the proportionality constant.

(b) For a = 0.2, Rb = 32 x 103 bls, andfmax = 70 Hz, the use of Eq. (1) yields

P max = 0.2 X 32 X 103 170

= 640/7

= 91 watts

which is somewhat limited in value.

Problem 8.21

(a) According to the Wiener filter, derived for the case of complex data, the optimum weight vector is defined by

Rxwo = rxd



R, = correlation matrix of the input signal vector x[n]


r xd = cross-correlation vector between x[n] and desired response d[n]


= E[x[n]d [11]]


Wo = optimum weight vector.


Note that the formulation of Eq. (1) is based on the premise that the array output is defined as the inner product wHx[n]. The Wiener filter for real data is a special case of Eq. (1), where the Hermitian transpose H in Eq. (2) is replaced by ordinary transposition and the complex conjugation in Eq. (3) is omitted. Assuming that the input x[n] and desired response d[ll] are jointly ergodic, we may use the following estimates for R, and fxd:


1 ~ H

RL,.,x[n]x [II]




1 *

= RLx[n]d [n]



where K is the total number of snapshots used to train the antenna array. Correspondingly, the estimate of the optimum weight vector Wo is computed as



where R, is the inverse of Rx'

(b) The DMI algorithm for computing the estimate w may now proceed as follows:

1. Collect K snapshots of data denoted by

K {x[k], d[k] }k=1

where K is sufficiently large for w to approach Wo and yet small enough to ensure stationarity of the data.

2. Use Eqs. (4) and (5) to compute the correlation estimates Rx and r xd :

3. Invert the correlation matrix Rx and then use Eq. (6) to compute the weight estimate w.

For an antenna array consisting of M elements, the matrix Rx is an M-by-M matrix and r xd is an M-by-l vector. Therefore, the inversion of Rx and its multiplication by r xd requires multiplications and additions on the order of M3.